Holy Water

Holy Saturday, as I've often said, is the only day of the entire year that does not have a liturgical celebration for it. (The Easter Vigil, often improperly referred to as an evening Holy Saturday Mass - yuck! - is the solemn, festive beginning of Easter, even if our clocks want to tell us it's still... Continue Reading →

Three Days that Transformed the World

The events from Thursday evening to Sunday morning – the Last Supper, Agony and Betrayal, Trial and Torture, Death on the Cross, Sabbath Rest in the Tomb, and Resurrection – form one Mega-Event after which nothing is the same. Year after year, the Church’s Liturgy relives these events in Spirit and Truth. Our ceremonies are not... Continue Reading →

Angry Judge to Wounded Healer

This is a good reflection while we are still near the beginning of Lent. The image of an angry God, the almighty vengeful despot, wanting to be appeased by the blood of His Son, has been too dominant in popular Christian culture for too much of our history. Royal governance and judicial trials, rather than familial... Continue Reading →


With all the talk about "bump stocks," I never really understood how they work. Now maybe I know too much. These videos explain more than I think they'd like the rest of us to know. These guys are really having FUN firing a half dozen lethal projectiles per second. Projectiles that can leave a four-inch diameter... Continue Reading →

What does the Church say?

The U.S. Catholic Bishops have maintained a consistent position on the need for policies that can reduced gun violence in the United States. The problem with bishops' statements is that they rarely get reported outside a rarified Catholic media that most Catholics don't even know exists. Here's their most recent statement, found on the US Conference... Continue Reading →

Inside the body

Heather Sher, radiologist who treated the injured at the Parkland hospital last week, describes what she saw in "What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns". The article speaks for itself, and needs no further commentary. Update: this from PBS. "What a bullet does to the human body."

An insightful essay…

... that should be required reading for all on both sides of the gun debate. Some excerpts from "The Psychology of Guns" by Dr. Joe Pierre, written in 2015 after the Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015: Another mass shooting, another call for more gun control. And yet, if the past predicts the future, those calls... Continue Reading →

What the world needs now…

... are filters. I don't mean for coffee or air. I mean for thoughts and feelings, ideas and emotions. Here's an apt reflection for today in Give Us This Day: Filter It in the First Place For me, one of the scariest things about aging is the potential onset of dementia. It terrifies me to imagine the... Continue Reading →

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